Kyrgios on defensive after Wimbledon rules lesson from umpire

Nick Kyrgios argues with the umpire at Wimbledon

Bartoli ripped both Kyrgios and French star Gael Monfils as "pathetic" and "childish" and vowed that the duo would never win a grand slam with their current attitudes, but Kyrgios clapped back in epic fashion on his Instagram account.

Kyrgios resonded to Bartoli's broadside on social media. "Who are you to tell us how to do things, when you have no idea what we've been through?" The other three guys are, I think, still playing really good.

Nick Kyrgios hit back at Marion Bartoli's stinging criticism of himself and Gael Monfils by stating "we know you have to remain relevant, but we don't care what you have to say".

When asked about Bartoli's comments, the Frenchman said: "You know, it's easy to criticise people when you don't know them. So I won't even pay any attention", he said.

And he followed a first-round win over Denis Istomin with another focused display on Thursday to set up a clash with Japan's Kei Nishikori who he is yet to beat and who he described as a "nightmare" to play.

"I knew the match was going to get tough at a certain stage".

Despite the controversies, Kyrgios had the last laugh as he clinched a 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over the Dutchman.

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As he motored towards victory in the third set, Kyrgios turned on his courtside box, including his father George, demanding they stand up and cheer him home. "Grass is probably his least favourite surface".

Kyrgios has said he is in a "happy" place at the moment at SW19 but his matches still don't pass without some kind of intrigue.

Kyrgios, teenage ace Alex de Minaur, in-form Matt Ebden and seeded women's stars Ashleigh Barty and Daria Gavrilova, have given Australia five players in the third round for only the second time in 20 years.

He was excited about the prospect of an all-Aussie third round, but Bernard Tomic fell to Nishikori despite winning the opening set.

"His ground strokes are not as big as his serve and he is a type of player that plays a little bit more carefully in rallies".

"It's hard for me to find the balance sometimes", he said after receiving a code violation for swearing against Haase and who also engaged in a running verbal battle with officials.

"Yeah, it could help my game".

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